Asian Games 2018: Bajrang Punia wins wrestling final; India gets first gold

India's wrestler Sandeep Tomar with Turkmenistan's Rustem Nazarov in the men's freestyle wrestling (57kg) qualification round at the Asian Games 2018, in Jakarta
Asian Games 2018 kicked off with a spectacular and gala opening ceremony. President of Indonesia entered the stadium on a motorbike performing some stunts. On the first day of the event, an array of medals will be on the line across games. India's ace wrestler Sushil Kumar, Bajrang Punia and other athletes will do their best to win the place on the podium. The women’s hockey tea, the 10m rifle and pistol shooters, wrestlers like Sushil Kumar and Bajrang Punia and the men’s badminton team, led by HS Prannoy and Kidambi Srikanth will all be in action on August 19. Sports like Artistic Gymnastics, Cycling Mountain Bike, Equestrian, Fencing, Shooting, Swimming, Taekwondo, Wrestling, and Wushu have medals to grab on the first day. Indian Kabaddi Team will play two matches today while Women's Hockey team will play the hosts — Indonesia — in the evening. 

Represented by 804 athletes and officials, the Indian contingent will aim to better the showing at the previous Asiad in Incheon, South Korea, where they finished eighth with 11 gold, 10 silver and 36 bronze medals. The best performance by India at the Asian Games came at the 2010 edition in Guangzhou, China where they finished sixth with 14 gold, 17 silver and 34 bronze. This year, around 12,000 athletes from 45 countries will compete in 40 disciplines. The main thrust of the Indian challenge is expected to come from athletics, wrestling, boxing and shooting. It will be interesting to see how Indians fair on the first day of Asian Games 2018. Shooters and wrestlers are expected to win medals and start the campaign on a high. The day will start at 6:00 IST and the last event will commence at 19:00 IST.

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Pawan trails 0-6
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Pawan Kumar takes on Mongol opponent in wrestling 97-kg category
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Bajrang Punia after winning Gold medal in Men's 65 Kg Freestyle Wrestling. Photo: Reuters

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Bajrang Punia wins the gold medal in 65 kg category wrestling
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The lead now 10-8 for Bajrang
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Bajrang now leads 8-6
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Bajrang Punia leads 6-4
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Lead now 6-2
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Japan takes two points.
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There are six points for Bajrang
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Bajrang Punia's gold medal match begins
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India lead by 4-0 against Indonesia in women's hockey
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Indian women take 2-0 lead against Indonesia
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Indian women hockey team take on Indonesia
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Japan takes Gold and Silver. China wins bronze. Sajan Prakash finishes 5th
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Sajan Prakash to start his race in Men's 200m Butterfly Finals
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Srihari Nataraj loses his 100m backstroke race. China takes the gold. 
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Srihari Nataraj's match begins
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India vs Sri Lanka Kabaddi match is underway
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Sajan Prakash to participate in the Men's 200m Butterfly Finals
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Srihari Nataraj to participate in the Men's 100m Backstroke Finals
 
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Pawan Kumar loses 11-0 to Iran's Yazdanicharati Hassan in the quarter-final match of men's freestyle 86-kg. With his exit, Bajranf Punia remains the only hope for a medal.
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Bajrang Punia beats his Mongolian opponent 10-0, enters final; silver medal confirmed
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Bajrang Punia leads his semifinal bout 8-0
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Pawan Kumar loses 11-0 to Iran's Yazdanicharati Hassan in the quarter-final match of men's freestyle 86-kg. With his exit, Bajranf Punia remains the only hope for a medal.
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Mausam Khatri lost is match 0-8 in 97-kg category
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Khatri is trailing behind 0-4
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Mausan Khatri's match is ongoing

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Bajrang Punia beats his opponent 12-2, enters semi-finals 
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After first round, Punia leads 9-2
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Here is the six-point lead to Bajrang Punia
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Two points to Punia
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Bajrang Punia's quarter final match is in progress
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Sandeep Tomar loses to Reza Atrinagharchi by 15-9 in 57-kg wrestling quarterfinal
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Sandeep Tomar up against Iranian opponent. 
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Badminton update: Divji Sharan and Kamran Kaur Thandi of India beat Marian Jade Capadocia and Alberto Jr Lim of Philippines 6-4, 6-4 in mixed doubles round of 32 match
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Indian men's badminton team beat Maldives 3-0
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Bajrang Punia beats his opponent 13-3. Wins the game on technical superiorrity.
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India beat Bangladesh 50-21 in Kabaddi
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Bajrang Punia is playing in  65-kg category in wrestling
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Bajrang Punia takes the mat
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India leading 41-15 agaisnt Bangladesh in Kabaddi

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Sandeep Tomar wins his 57-kg bout. Progresses to quarter finals
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Wrestler Sandeep Tomar rolling past his Turkmenistan opponent
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Sushil Kumar crashed out of wrestling
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India vs Bangladesh Men's kabaddi underway
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India takes home first medal at Asian Games 2018. Ravi Kumar and Apurvi Chandela bag bronze in 10m air Rifle team event
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10m air Rifle team event: India at number 2 position  after 30 shots. Chinese Taipei at top. 
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After 10 shorts, India trailing behind, South Korea 
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India shoots two 10.6 shots

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10m Air Rifle team event underway. India's Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar in contention
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Women's Shooting Trap qualifiers: Shreyasi Singh and Seema Tomar claim the 2nd and 4th position respectively
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Swimming update

Srihari Natraj reaches Men's 100m Backstroke finals
 
Sajan Prakash Prakash reaches Men's 200m Butterfly finals
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India vs South Korea SepakTakraw match is underway
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Peiyuan Sun of China takes the first gold at the Asian Games 2018 in Wushu. Edgar Xavier Marvelo of Indonesia won Silver. Tsemin Tsai of Chinese Taipei takes Bronze.
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India crash out from 10m air pistol mixed team event
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Chinese-Taipei beat India 84-61 in women basketball
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Manavjit Singh Sindhu leads the Day 1 qualification of shooting trap men with an average of 0.976. 
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India trails 47-69 to Chinese Taipei at beginning of fourth quarter
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Swimming Men's 100m Backstroke: Srihari Natraj qualifies for final event. Arvind Mani failed to do so.
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Rowing Men's Double Sculls: Om Prakash and Sawarn Singh top Heat 2. India trails to Korea in the standings. 
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India Qualify for 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team Final
 
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Saurabh Sangvekar takes second position in Men's 200m freestyle swimming heat
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TPE leading 7-4 against India in women basketball. Sloppy work by Indian team
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Indian women basketball team will take on Chinese-Taipei
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Indian women Kabaddi team beat Japan 43-12
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In 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team qualification evevnt, Indian team is placed at second position. Korean Team is on the top
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In men's trap event qualification round, India's Manavjit Singh Sandhu is leading the chart while Lakshya is placeda at number 5
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Shreyasi Singh is placed at #13 in Shooting trap qualification event
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India's Seema Tomar is leading the qualification round in  Shooting trap event
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Shooting Women Trap Event is in progress
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Payal Chaudhari makes a three-point raid, extends the lead to 21 points against Japan
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India leading 26-8 in the second half against Japan in Kabaddi
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Indian women Kabaddi team have taken a 19-8 lead in the first half against Japan

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